I was fortunate to attend the VC Watchmaking Workshop at VC ION Orchard Boutique in Singapore which was spread across two days in addition to a Children's Watchmaking Workshop. Stuart Anderson, VC's resident watchmaker in Singapore and Francisco Garcia, VC's senior watchmaker based in Hong Kong supervised the event. Including myself, there were five of us and we had to disassemble and then reassemble the Calibre 4400. For me this had lot of meaning since my Traditionelle has the Calibre 4400. But afterwards, Stuart and Francisco but would not let me substitute the 4400 I worked on with the one inside my Traditionelle, and also made me promise I would not try to service it at home. :-) The following are pictures I took.
I'm surprised, yet glad, that they gave you cal 4400 to work on.
The first year this course was offered during SIHH, we used VC pocket watch movements. But after the class, the teacher/watchmaker, ended up in shock (and I think, almost, in tears) when he saw how we destroyed the movements (many broken pivots, etc.)
The next year, they decided to use non-VC movements!
I am jealous. I am hoping to get to SIHH in January this time - maybe they will do something like this there again?
They should time the movement before and after to see how well you did! Looks pretty good from the pictures.
I'd love to attend a VC workshop one day; however, I doubt that one will ever come anywhere near Moosomin, SK. (sniff)
I will content myself with the watch school I'm enrolled in and take pride in actually knowing the names of the parts in a movement when it is shown on here.